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Becoming Reviews

May 26, 2020
Michelle told her story with charm, grit, adventurism and several appalling book-tour choices of dress.
May 18, 2020
Scrape away the gush and the swaggy fashion, and a fascinating portrait emerged of a rather unhappy and discontented high achiever.
May 13, 2020
With Obama herself as narrator, it's a personal diary -- bereft of tension and short on surprises with a perpetually sunny guide treating you to an intimate but selective tour of her life so far.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
May 12, 2020
The sad, unintended moral of Becoming is that if this country never sees a President Michelle Obama, it is our own fault.
May 12, 2020
It's a slick look at the former first lady, out of the White House and carving out her life post-politics, but it's as polished and smoothed out as a campaign ad. It's a warm latte, delivered to you in your favorite mug.
Full Review | Original Score: B
May 11, 2020
If you loved the book, then you're going to love the movie... I found myself watching the film with a big, goofy grin most of the time.
May 8, 2020
The intimate Netflix movie follows the former first lady on her arena book tour, recalling her past and inspiring with her grace.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 8, 2020
Even in cavernous, darkened arenas, Obama is a natural storyteller - candid and witty, punctuating anecdotes with perfect pause-for-applause comic timing.
Full Review | Original Score: B
May 7, 2020
What Becoming lacks in intimacy, it makes up for in emotional outpouring.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 7, 2020
Maybe you plan to settle in for an 89-minute feel-good experience that allows you to bask in Obama's calm dignity... If that is all you desire, "Becoming" will oblige you.
May 7, 2020
It's all perfectly grand and inspiring. But it's also everything you expect from an authorized documentary about Michelle Obama.
Top Critic
May 6, 2020
Even with its flaws, Becoming is a compelling documentary, offering a carefully revealing look at a whip smart, ferociously practical woman trying to understand how her historic time in the White House changed herself, her family and the nation.
May 6, 2020
Obama's multicity conversations are invigorating, offering more personal insights and showing sharper versions of her signature charm and humor.
May 6, 2020
It doesn't feel like it's laying the groundwork for a future campaign from its subject, not matter how adored it makes her look. Instead, it's more of an insistent feature-length case for the family having done, and given, enough.
May 6, 2020
It's tricky to tell a feel-good story in a time in which many people are feeling anything but good, but Becoming film insists on doing just that.
May 6, 2020
Becoming emerges as a semi-worshipful depiction of a world-famous woman in flux. She's such enjoyable and inspiring company, though, that you might not mind that.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 6, 2020
A film about, among other things, the art of flawless surfaces - and a woman who has long had to master them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 6, 2020
[I]t's an intimate portrait of a public figure, and one of its strengths is showing how comfortable, confident, and inspiring Obama has become now that she's free to be herself instead of the wife of the leader of the free world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 5, 2020
To the extent that "Becoming" has something to sell, and it does, it's not the subject so much as what she stands for.
May 5, 2020
To her credit, Michelle Obama doesn't come across as complaining about her reality; rather, it's as if she's able to step outside herself and witness the strangeness of an existence where "the entire attention of everything is you" from a bird's-eye view.
May 5, 2020
The disjointed nature of the film does have one upside in that it hints at what might become of Obama's life now.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
May 5, 2020
"Becoming" is most memorable, however, as a chronicle of Obama's interactions with the public, who stand in line for hours to get their copies of "Becoming" signed and, in turn, receive more than just a nod.
May 4, 2020
This documentary shows a woman trying to do good in the world - and who still believes that good can be done.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 4, 2020
I bet there wasn't a dry eye in the house.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
May 4, 2020
Certainly "Becoming" will please her supporters and tick off her detractors. But not much more.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 4, 2020
Michelle Obama's story is her story and she tells it well, peppering in the lessons that structure the book - usually messages about embracing her background, finding her voice and the responsibility to use this platform that she never wanted.
May 4, 2020
Being a controlled look doesn't make it less honest or impactful, it's just honest in a different way that doesn't involve showing her husband and daughters eating breakfast in pajamas.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 4, 2020
I have no doubt that there is a large and eager audience for this kind of no-warts-at-all look at the family, but to pretend that it is anything other than a commercial is a fantasy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 4, 2020
Set your expectations accordingly, and you'll... get a lot out of "Becoming."
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 4, 2020
[A] watchable, but carefully authorised, behind-the-scenes documentary...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 4, 2020
The book reflects on how she became first lady; the film suggests she's still growing as a person, empowering us to do the same.